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MrsBlue is home from work today, which should have provided a perfect opportunity to continue the discussion of whether to pop an air conditioner into one of the windows in the living room. That is, of course, if it wasn't for the rainstorm that has taken the local temperature down to 66F at the moment, which I'm pretty sure is not going to help my argument. As usual, the key to life is timing.

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38. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2012, 15:45 Prez
 
Considering the type of firepower this nutjob showed up with, frankly I'm amazed the number of dead wasn't over 100. Given how everyone is packed into a theater like sardines when it's at full capacity and how long it would take to get that many people out the exits in the 4 corners of the theater it is amazing that the number wasn't far more horrific than it already is. Consider that the gunman in the Norway massacre killed over 70 souls outside in an open space when the people were less densely packed together. Apologies for the dark line of morbid contemplation, but I have always been one to over-analyze I guess.

And if the reports that the guy was wearing military grade body armor from head to toe are true, it wouldn't have mattered if everyone in the theater was packing - nothing but a lucky shot between the armor would have fazed this guy. Remember the high profile old west-style shootout between the police and the bank robbers in California several years back? They had body armor and basically shrugged off the rounds from the policemen's sidearms. Incidentally, let me point out that the police there at the time were under what amounts to an assault weapons ban themselves- none of them were allowed to carry anything more powerful than a 12 gage shotgun in their cruisers, leaving them badly outgunned when perps commit who don't pay attention to laws that law-abiding citizens (and cavil servants) are beholden to come along. An assault weapons ban will only leave the criminals as the only ones with them. Perhaps a ban would have made this individual less likely to have obtained his AR-15 in time or at all, but given that he was clearly set on his path for mass murder, that only would have caused him to seek alternate perhaps even more deadly alternatives. Craziest will always find a way to perpetrate their evil.

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